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Release Date: 10/04/12
Contacts: Denise Adamic, BLM (719) 269-8553    

BLM seeks input for gravel quarry environmental assessment (10-04-12)

CAÑON CITY, Colo. – The BLM Royal Gorge Field Office is seeking public input on a draft environmental assessment of an application to continue development of a privately-owned quarry onto 78.72 acres of BLM-managed surface and federal minerals in Fremont County. The application was submitted by Tezak Heavy Equipment Company, Inc. (dba) T.H.E. Aggregate Source, of Canon City.

The proposed mining operations would mirror current activities on the privately-owned land and minerals. Should the BLM decide not to approve the application, mining will continue on the private mineral and surface estate adjacent to the BLM. If the RGFO approves the proposal, the BLM will hold a competitive mineral materials sale. The winning bidder will receive a contract to remove approximately 450,000 tons of rock annually for 10 years, with an option to renew the contract.

To view the BLM’s draft EA, log on to: and click on the top link in the “NEPA Projects” section. You can also visit the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office, 3028 East Main, Cañon City, Colo. 81212.

Written comments must be received by Nov. 8, 2012, and may be submitted via e-mail to with “Gravel Quarry EA” in the subject line.  Comments may also be sent by mail to BLM Royal Gorge Field Office, Attn: “Gravel Quarry EA,” 3028 East Main, Cañon City, Colo. 81212.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The results and any mitigation developed through the BLM’s assessment will be forwarded to CDRMS and Fremont County for inclusion in their individual permitting processes.

The current quarry produces construction-grade granite and limestone aggregate. The rock is used throughout Colorado in construction projects such as stream bank protection, landscaping, and asphalt and concrete products.

In 2011, the Tezak Heavy Equipment Company employed 46 people in Fremont County, paying more than $2.3 million dollars in employee wages and $10,600 in County and City sales taxes. Last year alone, mineral and energy development on public lands generated $4.9 billion dollars. More than 22,900 jobs in Colorado were tied to this industry.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

  3028 E Main Street      Canon City, CO 81212  

Last updated: 10-04-2012